Caroline Lewko



Caroline Lewko has been leading change in developer relations for almost 15 years. In 2006, Caroline started WIP, the first devrel agency to help companies understand the value of developers and to build and grow their developer communities. What started as a small project to support mobile developers and their associations, grew into a global brand and events, with teams in 3 countries, and clients such as AT&T, Microsoft, NBCUniversal, PayPal, Qualcomm, Samsung, Zebra and many others.

As a coder, funder, community builder, and entrepreneur, Caroline speaks and facilitates at events around the world, and mentors entrepreneurs and executives on topics of developers, developer relations and the future of emerging technologies. She is a member of the ICT Advisory Board (DFATD), Judge for GSMA GLOMO Awards and BCTECH’s TIAS, and has been named one of the Top Ten Women in Wireless by Fierce Wireless.

Thoughtful Tech: Ethical Responsibility and Effective Communication

MAX 737, Volkswagen Emissionsgate, Superhuman email tracker – unethical and unsafe use of your technology could easily happen. Does your community think about real-world implications of the tech they develop? It is a moral/ethical issue, one of foresight or simply culture and communications? Can devrel play a key role in preventing unethical and unsafe use of the tech that is developed? What can you do to empower your developers to be thoughtful about the moral and safety implications of the technology they create?

It often take one person to stand up and say “NO – that is not going to work, that is not right, let’s not build that” and many others to LISTEN. But how do you do that?

In the first part  of the session Caroline Lewko will review the issues and provide some advice about setting values and culture in organizations. Then, Adelina Chalmers, The Geek WhispererⓇ will provide practical examples of  how developers (and YOU)  can influence upstream, to effectively communicate to leadership.



Twitter: @CarolineWIP

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